FILMSNOVEMBER 2016

(Zacarías 1978) The Bees
(Mar­tin 2010) Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Ep.64 ― Mur­der on the Ori­ent Express
(Ben­nett 1975) Doc­tor Who: Ep.386 ― The Ark in Space, Part 1
(Kramer 2002) The Simp­sons: Ep.282 ― The Old Man and the Key
(Ander­son 2002) The Simp­sons: Ep.283 ― Tales from the Pub­lic Domain
(Mulc­ahy 2005) Mys­te­ri­ous Island
(Palmer 2011) Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Ep.65 ― The Clocks
(Ben­nett 1975) Doc­tor Who: Ep.387 ― The Ark in Space, Part 2
(Ben­nett 1975) Doc­tor Who: Ep.388 ― The Ark in Space, Part 3
(Ben­nett 1975) Doc­tor Who: Ep.389 ― The Ark in Space, Part 4
(Moore 2002) The Simp­sons: Ep.284 ― Blame It on Lisa
(Rich 1962) The Dick Van Dyke Show: Ep.32 ― The Two Faces of Rob
(Strick­land 2013) Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Ep.66 ― Ele­phants Can Remem­ber
(Ben­nett 1975) Doc­tor Who: Ep.390 ― The Son­taran Exper­i­ment, Part 1
(Ben­nett 1975) Doc­tor Who: Ep.391 ― The Son­taran Exper­i­ment, Part 2
(Pil­lai 2016) Mid­Somer Mur­ders: Ep.105 ― Habeas Cor­pus
(Marsh 2010) Spud
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First-time listening for November 2016

27999. (Duke Elling­ton) After All
(Anony­mous 4) Dark­ness into Light: The Bride­groom & other works by John Tavener:
. . . . 28000. (John Tavener) Ves­pers hymn: O lux beata trini­tas
. . . . 28001. (John Tavener) Jube domine/Lection: In prin­ci­pio erat ver­bum
. . . . 28002. (John Tavener) Come and do Your will in me [arr. Tavener]
. . . . 28003. (John Tavener) Com­pline hymn: Christe qui lux es et dies
. . . . 28004. (John Tavener) Lec­tio Ysaye prophete/Lection: Surge illu­minare Jerusalem
. . . . 28005. (John Tavener) As One Who Has Slept
. . . . 28006. (John Tavener) Noc­turn hymn: Medie noc­tis tem­pus est
. . . . 28007. (John Tavener) Lec­tion: Vidi civ­i­tatem
. . . . 28008. (John Tavener) The Lord’s Prayer
. . . . 28009. (John Tavener) The Bride­groom
. . . . 28010. (John Tavener) Hymn for the New Light: Inven­tor rutili
28011. (J. Cole) Cole World: The Side­line Story
28012. (Jaroslav Krcek) Bubek & Hun­gar­i­cus [18th C gypsy dances]
28013. (Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart) Mass in C m: Kyrie [d. Heltay; s. Lott]
28014. (Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart) Don Gio­vanni, k.527: Com­menda­tore scene [s. Still­well,
. . . . . Tom­lin­son, White]
28015. (Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart) Zaide: “Ruhe Sanft” [s. Lott]
28016. (Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart) Requiem: Introi­tus, Dies Irae, Rex Tremen­dae Majes­ta­tis,
. . . . . Confu­tatis, Lacry­mosa [d. Heltay]
28017. (Stoned Jesus) First Com­mu­nion Read more »

READINGNOVEMBER 2016

26932. (Bene­dict de Spin­oza) A Theologico-Political Trea­tise [tr. R. H. M. Elwes]
26933. (Bene­dict de Spin­oza) A Polit­i­cal Trea­tise [tr. R. H. M. Elwes]
26934. (Mehmet Özdoğan) In Quest of a Miss­ing Era in East­ern Thrace ― Dilemma of the
.… . 4th Mil­le­nium [arti­cle]
26935. (Erd­mute Alber & Heike Drot­bohm) Intro­duc­tion to Anthro­po­log­i­cal Per­spec­tives on
.… . Care [arti­cle]
26936. (André Nor­ton) The Time Traders
26937. (Cur­tis Run­nels & Mehmet Özdoğan) The Palae­olithic of the Bospho­rus Region, NW
.… . Turkey [arti­cle]
26938. (Sarah Cabalion) Buveurs de lait et ama­teurs de viande ― aperçu des pra­tiques
.… . ali­men­taires actuelles des Touaregs de la Tagaray­garayt, Aza­wagh, Niger [arti­cle]
26939. (Tim Win­ton) Dirt Music
26940. (Gary M. Fein­man & Linda M. Nicholas) The Late Pre­his­panic Econ­omy of the Val­ley
.… . of Oax­aca, Mex­ico: Weav­ing Threads from Data, The­ory, and Sub­se­quent His­tory
.… . [arti­cle]
26941. (Remke Kruk) Harry Pot­ter in the Gulf: Con­tem­po­rary Islam and the Occult [arti­cle] Read more »

Monday, November 28, 2016 — A Letter to my Member of Parliament, Bill Morneau

To: Bill Morneau, House of Com­mons, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0A6

Re: Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau prais­ing Castro

I voted for the present gov­ern­ment. I voted for you. I had vis­cer­ally despised Harper, and I fell for your party’s hokum about “sunny days” and restor­ing Canada’s demo­c­ra­tic val­ues after the grim repres­sive­ness of the Con­ser­v­a­tive admin­is­tra­tion. Naive me.

This rid­ing includes Canada’s prin­ci­pal Gay neigh­bor­hood and busi­ness com­mu­nity. Among my friends was a man who suf­fered ago­niz­ing tor­tures in the con­cen­tra­tion camps that Cas­tro threw thou­sands of gays into. He is now, mer­ci­fully, dead, and does not have to hear a Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter prais­ing his tor­turer. He was under the impres­sion that he had come to a democracy.

Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau’s inane, syco­phan­tic blather prais­ing a mass-murderer, slave-holder and exploiter is no dif­fer­ent from Trump’s cring­ing praise of Putin, Ronald Rea­gan call­ing the geno­ci­dal butcher Rios-Montt “a man of great per­sonal integrity”, or Mar­garet Thatcher claim­ing Augusto Pinochet as a “true friend”.

This clearly demon­strates that our sup­pos­edly “demo­c­ra­tic” lead­ers have no com­mit­ment to, or respect for democ­racy, what­ever their party.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 — Fucking American Morons, part 2

Gmail was down for an aston­ish­ing 24 hours. It will, no doubt, cost Google a lot of money, as they have con­trac­tual oblig­a­tions to their com­mer­cial cus­tomers which will incur penal­ties. The out­age effected much of the world, and most intensely North Amer­ica and the U.K. It started around when the U.S. elec­tion polls closed, and con­tin­ued for the bet­ter part of a day. Now, I don’t know for cer­tain the cause of this unprece­dented out­age, with its unlikely coin­ci­dent tim­ing, but I could ven­ture a guess.

There are few can­di­dates for any­one who could hack such an out­come. The best can­di­date would be Don­ald Trump’s good bud­dies in Moscow. Motive? Per­haps an unsub­tle reminder to the world’s busi­ness inter­ests that they should not inter­fere with Putin’s Pup­pet Pres­i­dent. If that’s the case, we will never know it for sure, as silence would doubt­less be a con­di­tion of com­pli­ance. No doubt we will all quickly learn that it was just the “fat man on a couch.” Whether this is the case or not, Putin is singing in the shower these days. He now knows that he can safely start restor­ing the old Com­mu­nist empire. If he decides to, say, invade Esto­nia and annex it, he knows that his good buddy Don­ald will sab­o­tage any resis­tance from Europe.

Mean­while, Trump’s even bet­ter and closer bud­dies, the Neo-Nazi ter­ror­ists of Europe, are pop­ping cham­pagne corks and danc­ing. There are now fanat­i­cal racists and anti-semites in power in Wash­ing­ton as well as Moscow and var­i­ous Euro­pean cap­i­tals, and their influ­ence is grow­ing rapidly in South-East Asia. Europe’s Jews and Gyp­sies have few places to look for safety. Canada may be one of the few remain­ing havens of freedom.

Bei­jing stands to lose finan­cially from Trump’s ascent, but it is power, not money that inter­ests Bei­jing. They are already reap­ing the pro­pa­ganda bonus. They are already loudly boast­ing that democ­racy has been dis­cred­ited, that the U.S. is washed up, and that Com­mu­nism will ulti­mately triumph.

Those Lib­eral val­ues —- democ­racy and free­dom — that Con­ser­v­a­tives, Com­mu­nists and Fas­cists all hate, are in full retreat. Soon they will be forced underground.

Well, you fuck­ing Amer­i­can morons, you fuck­ing Con­ser­v­a­tive trai­tors, you finally got what you wanted.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 — FUCKING AMERICAN MORONS!

FUCKING

AMERICAN

MORONS

I”m sad to say that I had a mis­guided faith in the Amer­i­can peo­ple. It’s not just the mis­lead­ing polls that had me bam­boo­zled. From the time I lived in the United States, I retained a deep feel­ing that the Amer­i­can peo­ple where at heart decent and patri­otic, that they cher­ished free­dom, and that if push comes to shove they will do the right thing. That faith is now gone. The Amer­i­can peo­ple have destroyed that illu­sion. Mak­ing that ass­hole Pres­i­dent demon­strates clearly that the United States is washed up, a nation of cow­ards and pathetic losers. If Amer­i­cans would rather be slaves than free human beings, it is up to Canada to take up the flag of free­dom. I will ded­i­cate my life to pro­tect­ing my beloved coun­try from the influ­ence of that mon­strous evil below the border.

Sunday, November 6, 2016 — Two Days

In two days we will finally find out what degree of power the Racism, Rape and Trea­son Party will exer­cise in the United States for the next four years. It’s plain that they will not win the Pres­i­dency — patri­otic Amer­i­cans have sensed an immi­nent threat to the coun­try, and are turn­ing out in record num­bers to defend it — but what really mat­ters is whether or not the RR&T (Repub­li­can) Party will retain con­trol of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. A gen­er­a­tion of sys­tem­atic voter sup­pres­sion and dis­trict ger­ry­man­der­ing has allowed the Repub­li­cans to con­trol the House, repeat­edly hold­ing the Amer­i­can peo­ple to ran­som and obstruct­ing any kind of ratio­nal admin­is­tra­tion. If they retain this power, there will be four years of relent­less obstruc­tion of the kind that Amer­i­cans have become accus­tomed to in the last eight years. Repub­li­cans have no claim to being patri­ots: the well-being of the Amer­i­can peo­ple will always be the last thing they are con­cerned with. They are dri­ven by a total­i­tar­ian ide­ol­ogy that has fused older ele­ments orig­i­nat­ing in Amer­ica with Com­mu­nism and Fas­cism imported from Europe. Those who delude them­selves into think­ing that Don­ald Trump is some sort of aber­ra­tion in his party need to wake up. Trump is the nat­ural, log­i­cal and inevitable con­se­quence of Con­ser­v­a­tive ide­ol­ogy in exactly the same way that Stalin was the nat­ural, log­i­cal and inevitable con­se­quence of Marx­ist ide­ol­ogy. Every­thing that Trump has done in this elec­tion is some­thing that the Repub­li­can Party has done before, every slo­gan he shouts and every slimy tac­tic he employs are straight out of the long-term Repub­li­can play­book. Trump will prob­a­bly not suc­ceed in his dream of destroy­ing Amer­ica and turn­ing it into a sleazy, Putin-KGB style dic­ta­tor­ship, but the Repub­li­can Party will not stop their ide­o­log­i­cal cru­sade with his fail­ure, and their ambi­tion is exactly the same as Trump’s. They will keep on try­ing. Amer­i­cans will not be safe from the specter of tyranny until the Repub­li­can Party is com­pletely erased from their lives.

This does not mean that the Demo­c­ra­tic Party is any­thing admirable. It has absorbed most of the creepy ele­ments of Con­ser­v­a­tive ide­ol­ogy. The Clin­ton admin­is­tra­tion of the 1990s adopted most of Con­ser­v­a­tive crack­pot eco­nomic the­ory. Its repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act and pass­ing of the Com­mod­ity Futures Mod­ern­iza­tion Act laid the ground­work for the sub­se­quent Repub­li­can global reces­sion. Hilary Clin­ton is not the demon she is por­trayed as, but she clearly rep­re­sents the oli­garchi­cal and Con­ser­v­a­tive ele­ments of the Demo­c­ra­tic Party, and can­not be depended on to do any­thing to lessen the power of the rich, which is the can­cer eat­ing away at Amer­ica. But there is a great dif­fer­ence between a cor­rupt, aging aris­to­cratic regime and a dynamic total­i­tar­ian move­ment. The Romanov monar­chy and the shaky Weimar Repub­lic were not any­thing to boast of, but the Com­mu­nist and National Social­ist dic­ta­tor­ships that dis­placed them were a thou­sand times more hor­ri­ble. The Repub­li­can Party embraces and pro­motes such a men­ac­ing total­i­tar­ian ide­ol­ogy, and has been work­ing away dili­gently to impose it on Amer­ica. Like all such ide­olo­gies, Con­ser­vatism chan­nels the ener­gies and resent­ments of dis­parate groups, gives them scape­goats to hate, and employs a mish-mosh of con­tra­dic­tory slo­gans, pro­pa­ganda lies, and pseudo-intellectual argu­ments that can be deployed or negated at any time. But the under­ly­ing prin­ci­ple is straight­for­ward: if the Leader enters the room, get down on your hands and knees and suck his dick. There is really noth­ing else to it. View­ing any ten minute seg­ment of a Trump rally makes this per­fectly clear. It’s an ide­ol­ogy for sniv­el­ling cow­ards. But there are a lot of sniv­el­ling cow­ards out there.

FILMSOCTOBER 2016

(Hard­ing 2006) Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Ep.55 ― Cards on the Table
(Mar­can­tel 2001) The Simp­sons: Ep.261 ― Day of the Jack­anapes
(Ross & Benedek 1963) The Outer Lim­its: Ep.4 ― The Man With the Power
(Moore 2001) The Simp­sons: Ep.262 ― New Kids on the Blecch
(Kruse 2001) The Simp­sons: Ep.263 ― Hun­gry, Hun­gry Homer
(Pil­lai 2014) Mid­Somer Mur­ders: Ep.100 ― The Killings of Copen­hagen
(Mills 1963) The Avengers: Ep.48 — The Man in the Mir­ror
(Mac­Mul­lan 2001) The Simp­sons: Ep.264 ― Bye, Bye, Nerdie
(Phillips 2006) Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Ep.56 ― After the Funeral
(Kirk­land 2001) The Simp­sons: Ep.265 ― Simp­son Safari
(Alston 1988) Demon­warp
(Ander­son 2001) The Simp­sons: Ep.266 ― Tril­ogy of Error
(Pil­lai 2015) Mid­Somer Mur­ders: Ep.101 ― The Dag­ger Club
(Tyler 1988) The Last Slum­ber Party [Riff­Trax ver­sion]
(Sheetz 2001) The Simp­sons: Ep.267 ― I’m Going to Praise­land
(McNaughton 1970) Monty Python’s Fly­ing Cir­cus: Ep.15 ― The Span­ish Inqui­si­tion
(Tay­lor 2012) Game of Thrones: Ep.20 ― Valar Morghulis
(Fran­cis 1964) Night­mare Read more »

First-time listening for October 2016

27752. (Rabih Abou-Khalil) Roots & Sprouts
27753. (Henry Pur­cell) The Indian Queen [com­plete opera; d. Hog­wood; Kirkby, Bott, Ains­ley]
27754. (Last Shadow Pup­pets) Every­thing You’ve Come To Expect
27755. (Alessan­dro Scar­latti) Telemaco [com­plete opera; d. Hen­gel­brock; Ham­vasi, Kul­man]
Music of the Ancient Sume­ri­ans, Egyp­tians and Greeks:
.… 27756. (anon.) Musi­cal Exerpts, 2nd c. AD
.… 27757. (anon.) Lament, 2nd-3rd c. AD
.… 27758. (anon.) Frag­ment 1, 2nd c. AD
.… 27759. (anon.) Paean, 3rd-4th c. AD
.… 27760. (anon.) Trochaid Frag­ment, 3rd c. AD
.… 27761. (anon.) Four Set­tings from Menander’s Epitre­pontes, 3rd c. AD
.… 27762. (anon.) Excerpts Men­tion­ing Eros and Aphrodite, 2nd-3rd c. AD
.… 27763. (anon.) Musi­cal Excerpt, 3rd c. AD
.… 27764. (anon.) Hypoly­dian Excerpt, 2nd-3rd c. AD
.… 27765. (anon.) Frag­ment 3, 3rd c. AD
.… 27766. (anon.) A Zaluzi To the Gods, Hur­rian Hymn 7, c. 1225 BC Read more »

READINGOCTOBER 2016

26879. (Edgar Wal­lace) The Green Mamba [story]
26880. (Alexan­der Vovin, Edward Vajda & Éti­enne de la Vais­sière) Who Were the *Kjet and
.… . What Lan­guage Did They Speak? [arti­cle]
26881. (Ruth Ren­dell) From Doon with Death
(Leonid E. Grinin, et al; –ed.) The Early State, Its Alter­na­tives and Ana­logues:
.… 26882. (Dim­itri Bodarenko, et al.) Alter­na­tives of Social Evo­lu­tion [arti­cle]
.… 26883. (Robert L. Carneiro) Was the Chief­dom a Con­ge­la­tion of Ideas? [arti­cle]
.… 26884. (Patrick Cha­bal, Gary Fein­man & Peter Skalnik) Beyond States and Empires: Chief­doms and
.… .… Infor­mal Pol­i­tics [arti­cle]
.… 26885. (Yuri E. Berezkin) Alter­na­tive Mod­els of Mid­dle Range Soci­ety. “Indi­vid­u­al­is­tic” Asia
.… .… vs. “Col­lec­tivis­tic” Amer­ica? [arti­cle]
.… 26886. (Henri J. M. Claessen) Was the State Inevitable? [arti­cle]
.… 26887. (Leonid E. Grinin) The Early State and Its Ana­logues: A Com­par­a­tive Analy­sis
.… .… [arti­cle]
.… 26888. (Dmitri B. Prous­sakov) Early Dynas­tic Egypt: A Socio-Environmental /
.… .… Anthro­po­log­i­cal Hypoth­e­sis of “Uni­fi­ca­tion” [arti­cle]
.… 26889. (Vladimir V. Emelianov) The Ruler as Pos­ses­sor of Power in Sumer [arti­cle]
.… 26890. (Richard Baum) Rit­ual and Ratio­nal­ity: Reli­gious Roots of the Bureau­cratic
.… .… State in Ancient China [arti­cle] Read more »